Originally Posted by Finndog
I found some over at Sierra Jims place, 1/2 off. In general, what size would you get for a 10.5 foot?
It sounds like he was in 10.5 Salomons before? Sizing can change from year to year and model to model, but that's what I'd go with.
If 10.5 is the street shoe, many people downsize from street size. While some people ride well in plush socks, many people find they prefer only a thin liner sock and this among other things affects how much you downsize. As to what else one looks for in a boot, there are lots of variables including riding style that have some affect along with simple personal preference. As Killclimbz said, there's really no substitute for going into a good shop with several lines of boots, with the socks you plan to wear, when you can take the time to try on several options. Obviously, if you take the time to try on several boots there and find what you want to go with, they've earned the sale, too, you don't then go and buy them on the internet.
There are several internet merchants with very generous return policies as well if you have lots of time and no shop nearby, but then what you pay in time is often more expensive.http://www.porterstahoe.com/
has really good staff that will take the time to give great advice in my experience, though there are other really good online shops too. One option is to order several boots and return the ones you don't want, check to make sure they're cool with this, obviously, and make sure you dog doesn't hurl breakfast on the returns.